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Thanksgiving Tablescape with Blue and Orange Hues

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week already?  It seems like Halloween was just here, especially since I’m still eating my daughter’s candy!  I’m so thrilled to be included in the Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by the gracious Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate.

Today is the last day of the hop, so be sure to go back and check out all of the fabulous tablescapes that began on Monday.  I’ve included the links at the bottom of this post.

When I started to plan this Thanksgiving tablescape, the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to use these  water goblets.  They are a recent church tag sale score, and I’m a little obsessed with them.  They’re so heavy and sturdy and blue.

Once I established that I was going to be using blue goblets, it just made sense to bring out my mom’s collection of vintage blue willow china.  The plates are all different shapes and they’re by different manufacturers.  She used to have them hung on the yellow walls of her kitchen.

Next, I looked through my fabric stash for inspiration.  I brought a plate with me and loved how it looked against the orange hued fabrics.  I decided to make a runner and napkins with these coordinating fabrics.  I didn’t have a plain tablecloth, though, so I went out and bought the DIY blogger’s best friend…a canvas painter’s drop cloth.  I also used it on my Neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape.

Now it was time for a centerpiece.  I brought an old wooden box up from the basement with the idea to fill it with greens and flowers.  I soon realized this wasn’t the look I wanted, so I turned it upside down.  I went back to the basement and returned with 3 mason jars and a bag of what are either a type of mini pinecone or seed pods.  These were also from my mom’s craft and garden stash.

I filled the jars half way and nestled votive candles inside.

I added a white pumpkin that was left over from our CSA share.  I plan to use it later for a pumpkin curry dish.  Yum!

Then I layered on some leaves from outside and a shapely twig.  I love how you can still see the old stencils on the box.

I cut some mum blossoms from our potted plants on the front step, and placed them in little blue glass vases.  I was just in time, as Connecticut was hit with our first snowstorm of the season on Thursday afternoon.

The finishing touch was this beaded garland I found last year at a church sale.  The color was perfect for my tablescape, so I had to find a way to use it.  I strung it around the wood box to make it feel more festive.

I have a collection of blue depression glass and more blue willow pieces, so I displayed them on the buffet table.  This vintage turkey candle from my mom’s collection took center stage.  He also played a starring role in my Thanksgiving Decor Basket.

I know what you’re thinking: “How will guests see each other over that box on the table?”.  For my actual Thanksgiving meal, I’ll remove the centerpiece to make room for the gravy boat, cranberry sauce, basket of rolls, etc.  But it’s pretty to look at, so I’ll keep it intact until it’s time to time to eat.

I’d like to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  Thank you to Chloe for all of her hard work organizing this fun Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop!

Now you get to check out all of the other tablescapes!

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Rebecca, this is stunning! I love how you incorporated the beautiful blue goblets with your mom’s vintage dishes! Your centerpiece is so clever. Your table has come together beautifully! I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Rebecca, it’s so nice to have you on the tablescape blog hop. I love your blue and orange. Those blue goblets are beautiful and I can see them used in so many tablescapes for so many holidays. The mason jars filled with “pine cones” and candles are pretty and practical. I love that idea (I recently bought a bag of mini~pine cones.) and it’s great to see how it can be used so well.

    1. Thank you Carol! I’m so honored to be included in the blog hops. I can’t wait to see what you do with your mini pine cones. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  3. Love all of your blue and white for Thanksgiving. The blue glasses are perfect and a great find. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Your table setting is lovely! The blue is a nice color mixed with the orange. All of your natural elements are perfect for this time of year. Isn’t it interesting how you have something in mind, like filling your wooden box and then re-working it to something different? I have that happen to me all of the time. Your results are lovely. Thank you for joining in the blog hop! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Chloe! That must be part of the creative process for us…reworking our ideas until we find something that looks just right. Thank you for organizing these blog hops and for including me. As a new blogger, it’s been so encouraging to get such positive feedback from other, very talented, bloggers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  5. Rebecca, I loved that you used things from your Mom which makes your table extra special. I love the pairing of blue and orange. You were so creative with your centerpiece and it turned out so pretty! Happy Thanksgiving and it was a pleasure to blog hop with you this week!

    1. Thank you Pam! Yes, using my mom’s things definitely make the holidays more meaningful to me. It was a pleasure hopping with you this week, as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Rebecca, the color palette you chose for your tablescape is gorgeous! And I love that box centerpiece – so unique and pretty – you just might be starting a trend there! Everything about your tablescape is just perfect. So happy to be hopping with you!

    1. Thank you for the nice compliments, Michelle! The box was a happy accident…I’m so glad I decided to flip it over. It’s a pleasure hopping with you too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. So lovely, different and clever Rebecca! Your centerpiece is so unique and creative! It is very special that you are using and loving your mother’s things, especially for Thanksgiving! Love the new blue stemware, Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Jenna! I do enjoy using my mom’s things. It’s a nice way to honor her memory, especially during the holidays which she always made so special with her decorating. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Those blue glasses look very sturdy and are comfortably at home on this table. The wooden box is the kind of treasure that I’m always on the hunt for and the natural elements play well with it. I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday!

    1. Thanks Sandra! The blue glasses are very sturdy and were such a great score! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family as well!

  9. I love your color combination, the blue and deep orangey/rusty makes for a beautiful holiday dinner table. I think my favorite thing is your beaded addition to the wood box in your centerpiece – it just added a wonderful touch! I hope you have a wonderful Thanks giving.

    1. Thanks Ann! I was trying to find a word to describe that color…it’s a reddish orange, but I like how you called it orangey/rusty! I love that garland too and was glad I found the perfect way to use it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  10. Rebecca, your table is lovely. I adore the blue and orange together. I set a table with those colors a few years back. The blue depression glass and more blue willow pieces are so pretty. They are a classic. How special to have these pieces. How great to find the tumblers, they fit in perfectly. Your mom’s vintage turkey is stunning. A pleasure to join you on this blog hop. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Love how you put this all together, Rebecca. The colors are amazing, so Country Connecticut! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family also!

  12. Very pretty combo of colors. Love the dishes and the glass turkey. Your center arrangement will be the star of the table. The glass jars with the pine cones add a nice warm touch and I like the beaded garland added to the box- very unique!

    1. Thank you Liz! The turkey is actually a wax candle! I was so happy to use that garland as the color was perfect for this tablescape. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. Rebecca, blue is my favorite color so I love your goblets and blue and white transferware. Your little blue pitcher with a bronze mum is so sweet. I like your rustic box with natural elements displayed on the top brimming with candlelight.
    Your runner and napkins make your tablescape come together beautifully.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you Bonnie! I’m partial to blue as well, so I was so excited when I spotted those goblets at a tag sale! My favorite part of making this tablescape was sewing the runner and napkins. I agree that they pulled everything together. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Rebecca, I love your tablescape color choices! It’s very special that you combined tableware with that of your mom — Thanksgiving is all about family. So envious of your vintage finds too. I’ve been looking for similar glasses for years and years! What I like best is how you brought out the orange by making your own linens. It’s obvious how much love and effort went into this wonderful table!

    1. Thank you Debbee! Yes, I love that we’ll be using my mom’s china on Thanksgiving…it’s definitely a family holiday. I really enjoyed making the linens as I love to sew. And don’t give up on finding those glasses. It seems like I always find things when I least expect it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Rebecca, this is probably my favorite table this hop! I love that you’ve used traditional elements but gave the setting a unique twist with using blue as your dominant color. It’s quintessential Thanksgiving but it’s also fresh and new and that is difficult to do – bravo! I love your simple centerpiece and adore that shot of the beaded garland, which takes the piece to a whole new level. So fun hopping with you and Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Oh my gosh Kim, I’m so flattered! Thank you for such a sweet compliment. I love that garland, too. I was so happy to find the perfect use for it. It’s been fun hopping with you, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Rebecca I have always loved the blue willow patterned dinnerware and have a place setting for 12 that I have used for years and years. However, I love that your dinner plates vary in their size and shapes, but still keep the integrity of the original pattern. I can picture them on your mom’s yellow kitchen wall, as yellow was “the” color for kitchens in those days. I also like the rustic reversed “box” centerpiece . Clever my girl! And I can’t close this comment without admiring your church tag sale find… for your inspiration, the blue glasses. So pretty! Yep! I have to say it again,… with the diversity of all the decorating techniques found in each of the blog hop tablescapes, if one does not find something to inspire, then one is not looking! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi Kari! Thank you for the compliments! I never tire of blue willow…it’s so classic and always in style. The plates looked lovely in my mom’s yellow kitchen, and I’m so happy to be using them again. She would’ve loved the blue glasses, too, as she taught me to always look for solid drinking glasses. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Rebecca, I love blue & orange together, in the fall especially, and you’ve given it a beautiful styling here. Those tumblers are a great find, and I love the thought process you went through in creating the centerpiece. It’s a very comfortable and inviting setting. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you Rita! I really enjoyed putting it together. And my new tumblers are fabulous :). Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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